New show, Cool Blue, opens at Gallery One Feb. 26

Exhibit will run through March 25
"Cool Cat," oil by Laura Hickman.
February 22, 2013

Gallery One in Ocean View announces its new art show, Cool Blue, which will open Tuesday, Feb. 26, and run through Monday, March 25.

Fifteen gallery artists will each present one work that depicts their interpretation of the theme, Cool Blue.

Color is considered by many artists to be the most interesting art element to use in design. The decisions the artist makes concerning color are endless. One must choose from a variety of different manufacturers' pigments and then play with lightening, darkening, muting and mixing colors, and also decide how to transmit warmth or coolness through color.

At this show, the viewer will experience a range of blues such as ultramarine, cobalt, cerulean, indigo, phthalo, turquoise and manganese, and enjoy the uniqueness of each work.

“Deep Down,” an acrylic by Peggy Warfield, was developed by playfully swirling, mixing and mingling several tubes of blue paint on paper. What she developed was and ebb and flow of movement that became lost and found and went "Deep Down." Her reaction to this process and outcome was “This is so cool!”

For Lesley Mc Caskill, cool blue suggested a refreshing oasis she experienced in tropical Florida. “The Pond,” an oil, shows the contrast of warm blues and greens plants surrounding cool water.

“Lady in Blue,” an oil by Joyce Condry, was inspired by a glamorous woman at one of the award shows that takes place at this time of the year. The woman's gown shimmers against a neutral background.

Laura Hickman is has transformed a composition she has painted before with a new color scheme in “Kool Kat.” In this piece, Hickman has used a variety of blues to dominate the painting. Even the cat is blue, as is the background, her summer porch. Warm yellows and reds are kept minimal to give the cool colors a contrast.

“Afternoon Light,” a pastel by Dale Sheldon, shows the glow of the late-afternoon light over a calm sea that gives a sense of tranquility.

These pieces are a sampling of many in the show.

The public is invited to visit Gallery One at 32 Atlantic Ave. in Ocean View, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.

Also visit the Artisan Room featuring photographs, textiles, hand-blown glass, pottery, glass jewelry and wood pieces by local artists.

Go to, which lists art classes and more information about the gallery.

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